Year-Round Activities to Enjoy at the Canmore Nordic Centre | Canmore Kananaskis
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Year-Round Activities to Enjoy at the Canmore Nordic Centre

  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Hiking and Biking
  • Ice Skating and Hockey
  • Parks
  • Snowshoeing
  • Spring, Summer & Fall
  • Trails and Parks
  • Walking And Hiking Trails
  • Winter
  • Tourism Canmore Kananaskis - April 26, 2024

History of the Canmore Nordic Centre

The Canmore Nordic Centre, a cornerstone of Alberta’s winter sports legacy from the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, remains one of the world’s few operational Olympic facilities. Originally constructed to host the cross-country skiing and biathlon Olympic events, it now welcomes thousands to its historic trails for World Cup events and is a popular destination for year-round recreational outdoor activities.

Winter Wonderland

As winter cloaks the landscape in a blanket of snow, the Nordic Centre becomes a hub for a variety of winter sports and activities.

Cross Country Skiing: Built to Olympic standards, the Canmore Nordic Centre boasts over 65 km (40 mi) of meticulously groomed trails suitable for both classic Nordic skiing and skate skiing. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned skier, find your perfect trail among our expansive network, designed to cater to all skill levels.

Biathlon: Biathlon is a sport that combines the endurance of cross-country skiing with the power and precision of riflery. Home to Canada’s National Biathlon Team, the Canmore Nordic Centre features a newly upgraded biathlon range designed for both elite and recreational biathletes. All activity at the biathlon range requires a biathlon range pass and the supervision of a Range Safety Officer.

Want to feel like an Olympian? TryBiathlon offers two hours of instruction and biathlon range training, suitable for all abilities to learn a new set of skills in a fun and supportive setting.

Ice skating: Set against the stunning backdrop of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the Canmore Nordic Centre rink is one of the most picturesque settings for ice skating in Canmore. This is the perfect location for families and friends to throw on a pair of skates or grab a hockey stick and puck and get moving.

Fat biking: Fat biking is a unique way to explore the winter terrain, with wide tires designed to handle the snow. It’s an exhilarating activity that combines physical challenge with the breathtaking beauty of our mountainous backdrop. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist looking for a new winter sport or someone curious to try something different, fat biking at the Canmore Nordic Centre promises an astonishing adventure.

Tobogganing: Tobogganing at the Canmore Nordic Centre brings smiles and laughter to families and friends. The scenic bowl designated for sledding is the perfect spot for those who love the thrill of the ride down in a world covered in white snow. This area is free to use, but you must bring your own toboggan.

Snowshoeing: For those who prefer a quiet adventure, the dedicated 3 km (2 mi) snowshoe loop at the Canmore Nordic Centre allows you to step into a serene winter wonderland. Snowshoeing is a peaceful way to explore the natural beauty of the area, offering a slower pace that allows for reflection and appreciation.

Winter disc golf: Challenge yourself with 8 holes of disc golf available during the winter months at the Nordic Centre, adding a unique twist to your winter activities lineup.

Summer Serenade

Mountain biking: As a top destination for mountain biking in Alberta, the Canmore Nordic Centre features an extensive network of trails. From beginner-friendly paths to expert-level technical rides, the well-maintained trails provide stunning views and diverse challenges for mountain bikers and trikers.

Disc golf: During the summer, the Canmore Nordic Centre’s disc golf course opens up to a full 18 holes that blend seamlessly into the natural landscape. It’s a leisurely yet competitive way to spend a summer day, fostering camaraderie and friendly competition amidst the beauty of Canmore.

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Rentals and Lessons

Trail Sports is your gateway to an unforgettable outdoor adventure at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Conveniently located at the Nordic Centre, they offer a wide selection of seasonal gear so you can have a seamless adventure from start to finish. The knowledgeable staff will ensure you have the right equipment for your skill level and the conditions of the day. Rentals are available for all ages and abilities, making it easy for everyone to participate in the fun.

If you need rentals it’s your first time trying an activity or you’re looking to improve your skills, Trail Sports also offers lessons for cross-country skiing, mountain biking, fat biking, and disc golf.

In Canmore and Kananaskis, our natural ecosystems and stunning landscapes are the heart and soul of our local mountain culture. Before your visit, we encourage you to sign the Pledge to the Peaks, committing to mindful exploration to ensure the safety of all inhabitants of the region and preserve the beauty of our unfiltered wilderness for generations to come.